BASIC IMMUNOLOGY COURSE AGENDA
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:30 - 17:00
The purpose of the course is to review major topics in basic immunology, with emphasis on recent advances and issues that are relevant to the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases. The course is designed for practicing clinicians, trainees, and scientists in biotech.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:
Describe the major advances in basic immunology that are relevant to human diseases, and the unresolved issues and future challenges.
Recognize the fundamental mechanisms underlying immunologic diseases.
Identify the basic principles underlying therapeutic modulation of the immune system, and the mechanisms of action of some of the major classes of immune modulators.
If you have already registered for the Congress and you would like to register for the Basic Immunology Course, please email Ms. Efrat Yarom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Director: Abul K. Abbas, MD, University of California San Francisco, USA
12:30 INTRODUCTION TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
13:00 INNATE IMMUNITY
13:45 ANTIGEN PRESENTATION AND T CELL ACTIVATION
15:00 T CELL SUBSETS, CYTOKINES
15:45 B CELLS AND ANTIBODIES
16:15 IMMUNE REGULATION, TOLERANCE AND AUTOIMMUNITY
Abul K. Abbas received his medical degree in India, completed training in Pathology at Harvard and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he rose to become Professor of Pathology and Head of the Immunology Research Division. In 1999, after twenty years on the Harvard faculty, he moved to the University of California San Francisco as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology. Dr. Abbas has received several honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Rous-Whipple Award and Robbins Educator Award of the American Society of Investigative Pathology. He has served as one of the founding Editors and Associate Editor of Immunity, Associate Editor and Section Editor for The Journal of Immunology, Associate Editor of Cell, Consulting Editor of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, and founding Editor of the Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease. From 2011-2013, he was the President of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS). Dr. Abbas’ research interests are in Immunology, with a focus on the control of immune responses and the causes of autoimmunity. His laboratory has used experimental models to analyze the generation and maintenance of regulatory T cells. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and invited reviews, and is the author of four widely read textbooks, two in Immunology and two in Pathology. He has taught Immunology at Harvard Medical School and UCSF, and has organized and conducted Immunology courses worldwide.